Role on the Wall Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Consider using this lesson to introduce students to the dramatic technique of 'role on the wall.' Students will engage in a group activity to create a 'role on the wall' for a dramatic character and then use the technique to prepare for an improv.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • analyze characters in a dramatic work
  • create a 'role on the wall' for a character in a play and an improv situation
  • utilize the information from a 'role on the wall' when acting

Length

2 hours

Materials

  • Mirror
  • Chart paper
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Script from a short play

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.6

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9-10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

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